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Whitbourne quoted in Business Insider article about coping from a rough breakup

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, is quoted in an an article in Business Insider on coping from a rough breakup. She writes in her Psychology Today blog, "The simple act of writing wasn't enough to cause change, nor was the ability to reframe the relationship's ending in more intellectual terms. Instead, it was the reshaping of memories of the breakup, and the role the breakup played in the individual's personal story, that seemed to reveal the silver lining." Business Insider

Zoeller and other PEP faculty meet with state lawmakers

R. Thomas Zoeller, biology, was one of five faculty members who visited the State House May 12 as part of the Public Engagement Project Faculty Fellowship Program. They discussed their research and explored opportunities to collaborate with more than a dozen lawmakers, legislative staff and interest group representatives. Read more

Contois '16 recognized as a 2016 Jack Welch Scholar

Timothy Contois '16, a dual degree recipient in computer science and mathematics, was one of two graduating seniors recognized for their leadership and executive ability as Jack Welch Scholars. Read more

Brigham-Grette says in Reuters that students who skip classes are costing themselves $50 to $70 per class

Julie Brigham-Grette, Geosciences, says students who skip classes are costing themselves $50 to $70 per class, a calculation she shares with her students. Reuters

van Driesche and Abell find that a tiny wasp contributes to significant reduction in emerald ash borer population growth

A seven-year field study that included UMass Amherst researchers Roy van Driesche and Kris Abell, found that a tiny wasp, Tetrastichus planipennisi, contributed to a significant reduction in emerald ash borer population growth in central Michigan. The U.S. Forest Service estimates the response to the emerald ash borer could cost up to $10.7 billion between 2009 and 2019.

Kroodsma's new book, Listening to a Continent Sing, is reviewed

Listening to a Continent Sing: Birdsong by Bicycle from the Atlantic to the Pacific, a new book by Donald Kroodsma, professor emeritus of Biology, is reviewed.

Hebert lab untangles disease-related protein misfolding

Daniel Hebert, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and his research group report for the first time how a key protein in the blood coagulation pathway folds to a higher-energy or "cocked" state, so it can function as a sort of "molecular mousetrap" and generate the work required to perform physiologically important functions. The work, details of which appear in an early online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, advances understanding of genetic forms of thrombosis, emphysema, cirrhosis of the liver, neurodegenerative diseases and inflammation, among others. Read more

Rich's Laboratory of Medical Zoology creates co-pay town partnership

The popular success and high demand for a tick testing service provided to Massachusetts residents by the Laboratory of Medical Zoology recently led lab director Stephen Rich to extend the program by partnering with towns in a co-pay model that will also test for more pathogens. Read more, Boston Globe

Whitbourne featured on NBC's Today Show, saying that the idea of a "mid-life" crisis is a myth

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, psychological and brain sciences, is quoted in a video feature exploring the facts and myths surrounding the concept of the "mid-life crisis." Whitbourne says that the idea of a "mid-life" crisis is a myth, and that individuals can experience the feelings associated with the phenomenon at any time in their lives, not just during the mid-life years. NBC's Today Show

Linda Tropp publishes a letter-to-the-editor to the Wall Street Journal

Linda R. Tropp, Psychological and Brain Sciences, published a letter-to-the-editor to the Wall Street Journal where she says increased racial diversity on college campuses can reduce prejudice and foster understanding between different groups of people. Wall Street Journal

Tyson discusses how much arsenic is in our food in video

Arsenic Analysis: How much arsenic is in our food? Chemistry Professor Julian Tyson pursues the answer--and how policy changes might improve matters. Watch video

Rotello wins Royal Society Award for pioneering research

Vincent Rotello, Chemistry, was selected by the U.K. Royal Society of Chemistry's (RSC) Organic Division to receive the 2016 Bioorganic Chemistry Award for his "pioneering research in using chemistry of nanomaterials to understand and modulate biological processes." Rotello's research focuses on using synthetic organic chemistry to engineer the interface between the synthetic and biological worlds, and encompasses devices, polymers and nanotechnology/bio-nanotechnology, with over 475 peer-reviewed papers published to date. The award includes a prize of £2000 (about $2,900), a medal, and four university lectures in the U.K.

Clydesdale and Mahoney discuss how cast iron cookware can add iron to food

Fergus Clydesdale, Food Science, and Raymond Mahoney, professor emeritus of food chemistry, discuss in the Wall Street Journal how cast iron cookware can add iron to food. Clydesdale says the transfer of iron depends on the food that is cooked and the preparation method. Mahoney says the iron from cookware may not be absorbed as easily as iron in meat but consuming vitamin C at the same time can make the iron more available to the body. Wall Street Journal

CNS undergrads and grad students receive Center for Research on Family awards

The Center for Research on Families (CRF) selected three CNS students among seven recipents of the 2016-2017 student research grants and awards. Gennarina D. Santorelli, a fourth-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program, received one of four CRF Family Research Graduate Research Fellowships. Michael Lemieux, a senior biochemistry and molecular biology major, with a minor in mathematics, received the CRF Family Research Honors Thesis/Capstone Award. Alexandra Santiago, an undergraduate honors student pursuing a degree in psychology on the neuroscience track, received the CRF Family Research Undergraduate Assistantship. Read more

Hollerbach's citizen petition to prohibit plastic bags in Amherst endorsed by selectmen

Selectmen in Amherst have endorsed a citizen petition from Kevin Hollerbach, a graduate student in sustainability science, that would prohibit the use of single-use plastic bags at retail stores and restaurants. The petition will be taken up by the annual Town Meeting. Daily Hampshire Gazette

2016 ECO student awards and scholarships

The Environmental Conservation announced student awards and scholarships for 2016 during their departmental picnic. Photos and full list of awardees

Clouston's students build timber grid shell as pop-up exhibition on Fine Arts Center Plaza

Students in a wood design class taught by Peggi Clouston, Building and Construction Technology program, have engineered and constructed a massive and intricate wooden dome temporarily adorning the plaza of the Fine Arts Center. This timber grid shell was a collaborative effort by an interdisciplinary and multicultural mix of 35 students from many fields and backgrounds across campus. Fabrication of the shell was headed up by John Fabel, Building and Construction Technology. Read more

Polymer Science and Engineering reunion celebrates first 50 years

The Department of Polymer Science and Engineering is celebrating its 50th anniversary May 12-13 with a reunion and symposium expected to draw more than 250 visitors for laboratory tours, panel discussions and presentations from eight distinguished graduates, including astronaut Catherine "Cady" Coleman '91 and Tisato Kajiyama '69, the program's first PhD graduate and president of Fukuoka Women's University in Japan. Dubbed PSE50, the celebration completes an academic year of special anniversary events.

Undergrad Bobby Johnston receives Goldwater Scholarship

Robert (Bobby) Johnston, a Physics and Engineering major, was recently awarded the Barry S. Goldwater Scholarship. The coveted national scholarship, which was awarded to 252 of the top science and engineering sophomores and juniors in the country, covers the cost of tuition, fees, books, housing and dining for up to $7,500 per year. The junior is currently working on a project with his mentor, physics professor Rory Miskimen, for the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. Johnston intends to pursue graduate study in particle physics.

McClements Wins American Oil Chemistry Society Award

David Julian McClements, Food Science, and an internationally recognized expert in the encapsulation and delivery of bioactive components, was honored by the American Oil Chemistry Society recently with its 2016 Scientific Award for work that has "taken the industry to the next level, advanced the quality and depth of the profession and leveraged their knowledge for the benefit of the society." Specifically, McClements says, the award recognizes his research in using structural design principles to engineer foods at the nanoscale to improve their physico-chemical, sensory and nutritional properties.

Whitbourne comments in a CNN story about false memories around the iconic flag-raising photograph from Iwo Jima

Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, comments in a CNN story about false memories related to recent questions about whether one of the soldiers in the iconic flag-raising photograph from Iwo Jima was actually a participant in the event 70 years ago. She says people can have false memories of events and over time they tend to grow if they are reinforced. Whitbourne says when events happen at times of great stress, when they are given credibility by outside observers and are repeated over time, people can misremember. She also points out that false memories usually aren't products of dishonesty. CNN

Five CNS seniors honored as 21st Century Leaders at Undergraduate Commencement

Five CNS seniors have been named 21st Century Leaders for their exemplary achievement, initiative and leadership and will be honored at Undergraduate Commencement on May 6, 2016. Gregory Barysky majored in Psychology with a mathematics minor. Samantha Giffen double majored in Microbiology and Public Health. Kevin Harrington double majored in Astronomy and Psychology, with a minor in Afro-American studies. Soun Heang Lee majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Abdifatah Omar majored in Biology and Psychology major. Read more

Beltaire receives 2016 University Distinguished Teaching Award

Katherine Beltaire, lecturer in Veterinary and Animal Sciences, received one of four 2016 University Distinguished Teaching Awards, the campus' highest honor for classroom excellence. Read more

Stoffolano and Burand search for bio-control for Narcissus bulb pest

As the daffodil blooming season draws to a close, John Stoffolano, School of Agriculture, John Burand, Microbiology, and undergraduate plant, soil and insect sciences major Jennifer Schaler, are investigating a possible bio-control remedy, a naturally occurring virus, that might help to stop a pest known as the large narcissus bulb fly. Its larvae feed on and destroy many thousands of narcissus bulbs nationwide every year, and it has few natural enemies. Read more

UMass student chapter of the Society of American Foresters wins Quiz Bowl

The UMass student chapter of the Society of American Foresters' quiz bowl team of Monika Sowinska, Eric Brown, Collin Oliver, and Kevin Surdam won the 2016 quiz bowl at the recent New England Society of American Foresters annual conference. Categories for the Jeopardy style quiz included forest ecology, insects and disease, policy, tree identification, silviculture, and timber harvesting. Read more